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“I never wanted to be a comic. It’s not something that I ever said I wanted to grow up and be,” said world class comedian and actor Louie Anderson who performed at South Orange Performing Arts Center on June 17.... READ ON

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- This summer, Jen and Kristin from #IMOMSOHARD are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road. But this time, they’re bringing the kids. And a tour bus. (You didn’t think they’d leave them with their husbands, did you?)  See what happens when Mills Entertainment presents #IMomSoHard at Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:00pm.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening of outrageous, contemporary stand-up with some of the funniest new performers on the scene: BET star Gary Owen (House of Payne, Think Like a Man), Deon Cole (of ABC's Black-ish), Talent (KISS-FM’s Morning Show) and Smokey Suarez (Paper Soldiers). The night of laughs takes place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8:00pm in Prudential Hall.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Combine the typical struggles of childhood with the emotional implications of being above average weight during that formative time, plus the nuances of growing up in an Italian-American family in New York, and mix it with a heaping spoonful of levity and humor: that's comedian Mary Dimino's Scared Skinny in a nutshell. Taking place at the Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage on July 14 at 8:00pm, Scared Skinny depicts Dimino's own journey to lose 115 pounds within the context of her colorful childhood.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents writer-performer Robert Dubac’s off-Broadway hit, THE BOOK OF MORON – a one-man comedy that combines the energy of stand-up with the thrill of live theater, takes a hilarious joy ride down the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy. Three performances will take place October 20-21, 2017 in the Victoria Theater.... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- Emmy-nominated actor/comedian Rob Schneider will bring his stand-up routine to The Newton Theatre on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:00pm. Schneider is known the world over for his Saturday Night Live sketches and his successful career in feature films, among them as star of the smash comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Currently you can see him starring in his new Netflix hit series Real Rob.... READ ON

The State Theatre in New Brunswick and BergenPAC in Englewood both canceled performances scheduled by comedian Kathy Griffin on June 1st. The performances, scheduled for November, were canceled after evaluations by the venues following Griffin's photo shoot with the president's severed head - photos that were almost universally condemned.... READ ON

(PITMAN, NJ) -- Delphine and Carmela Calamari are bringing their brand-new show, The Calamari Sisters’ Sausagefest, to the Broadway Theatre of Pitman from May 19 – May 21. Celebrate the days of summer with these sassy, brassy broads from Brooklyn as they sing, dance, and cook delicious street fair goodies for you and your friends. Whether you're a sausage-lover or not, you'll laugh until your sides ache and fall in love with these dynamic sisters. ... READ ON

(VOORHEES, NJ) -- Have what it takes to get applause (or laughs) from a crowd? Want to prove that your singing skills extend beyond the shower? Then sign up for Voorhees Theatre Company’s Open Mic Night, May 26, from 6:00pm-8:30pm, at the Atrium in Voorhees Town Center, outside of the former Macy’s. ... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator brings his brand of humor and celebrity impersonations to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 17 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $69-$99. Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of "America's Got Talent" with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. ... READ ON

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